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Selasa, 29 Desember 2020

Cops: using illegal fireworks could cost partygoers $27,500 and 12 months in jail - NEWS.com.au

Illegal fireworks and breaches of public health orders on gatherings will be targeted on New Year’s Eve as authorities promise to hand out huge fines for partygoers.

While breaches of COVID-19 restrictions can carry fines that start at $1,000, those caught with unlicensed fireworks will face fines of up to $27,500 and jail sentences of up to 12 months.

NSW Police have launched a statewide operation that will focus on greater Sydney to ensure households are obeying the NSW Health restrictions on December 31.

On New Year’s Eve, no more than 10 people including children are allowed in a home in greater Sydney and the southern zone of the northern beaches. In the northern zone of the northern beaches, a maximum of five people can congregate in a home.

NSW Police assistant commissioner Mick Willing said extra resources would be deployed and officers could be knocking on doors.

“The operation tomorrow night will focus across the Metropolitan region but it’s a statewide operation,” assistant commissioner Willing told Nine’s Today show.

“We have a lot of resources out there that will be in uniform and from specialist commands. If we have to door knock to ensure people are complying with the current health orders, we will certainly be doing that.”

Current restrictions also limit public gatherings to a maximum of 50 people.

“Police will have powers to move people on if they're congregating in groups,” assistant commissioner Willing said. “We're very, very good at conducting these operations and we’ve been enforcing public health orders for some time now.”

Police can issue on the spot fines such as $1000 for general breaches, $4000 for failing to provide or falsifying information to an enforcement officer and $5000 for coughing and spitting.

NSW residents have also been warned against using unlicensed, backyard or homemade fireworks.

Better Regulation Minister Kevin Anderson, warned that government compliance body SafeWork would be on the road checking fireworks displays are being conducted safely by licensed professionals.

“If you are planning on setting off a few bungers in the backyard, this is not a good idea – leave it to the professionals,” Mr Anderson said.

“Anyone caught selling, purchasing or letting off fireworks without a licence could face a fine of up to $27,500 and 12 months in jail.

“Fireworks are certainly not toys, they are highly dangerous explosives that can cause serious injuries to those who don’t know how to handle them.”

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